One consultant, a 22-year-old Harvard graduate, told The Daily Beast that, during his senior year in college, he began working as an essay editor for a company that hires Ivy Leaguers to tutor applicants on a range of subjects.
When he took the job in September 2017, the company was still young and fairly informal.
Managers would send him essays via email, and the tutor would revise and return them, with anywhere between a 24-hour and two-week turnaround.
But from the beginning, the consultant explained, his managers were “pretty explicit” that the job entailed less editing than rewriting. I would say about 50 percent were entirely rewritten.”In one particularly egregious instance, the tutor said, a student submitted an essay on hip-hop, which named his three or four favorite rappers, but lacked a clear narrative.
I was given a rubric of qualities for the essay, and I was told that the essay had to score a certain point at that rubric,” he said.
“It was never clear that anything legal was in our way, we were just told to make essays—we were told and we told tutors—to make the essays meet a certain quality standard and, you know, we didn’t ask too many questions about who wrote what.”Many of the tutors told The Daily Beast that their clients were often international students, seeking advice on how to break into the American university system.
He conceded, however, that the rules were not always followed: “Bottom line is: It takes more time for an employee to sit with a student and help them figure things out for themselves, than it does to just do it.
We had problems in the past with people cutting corners.
“Her parents had me come in and look at all her college essays.
The shape they were brought to me in was essentially unreadable.